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Grandpa’s FireFork Is A Nifty Stocking Stuffer

December 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you looking for a nifty stocking stuff for the outdoor enthusiast on your list? If so, then maybe you should check out Grandpa’s FireFork made by Light My Fire.    A compact nifty gadget, the FireFork is  a simple solution for cooking marshmallows, hot dogs and even fresh fish over an open flame.  Large skewers can be awkward and cumbersome to store and carry.  On the other hand, the compact Fire Fork, which was inspired by an innovative grandpa, easily fits into a backpack or even a coat pocket. Once the protective plastic cover is removed from the fork’s prongs, the two wire springs expand. By pressing the two prongs towards each other, the rings align and a stick can be shoved through. Hot dogs and marshmallows are then easily put in place on the prongs and held over the campfire. Another advantage of the forks is that, unlike randomly scavenged sticks, the prongs can be cleaned between uses. Priced at about $10 for a pack of four of Amazon, the FireForks would... [Read more...]

Great Reads for the Road…Or at Home!

December 4, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Great Reads for the Road…Or at Home!

Closely akin to the thoughts about gifts for loved ones on the Feast of St. Nicholas, which was the subject of my last post, is the journey my mind takes each year about this time to acquiring new reads for the road. Assuming you are like me, especially thinking about summer reading, or perhaps winter reading for those cold winter nights, I wanted to share some of my favorite reads for either occasion. 1.  While the New York Times Bestseller list is a great resource for new publications, there are a few classic favorites that are timeless and great for travelers. Thoreau’s Walden is an example of such a book. While I had an old copy acquired in college, I felt compelled to acquire a new edition while in Massachusetts visiting Walden Pond a few years back. Incidentally, I think that body of water should perhaps be renamed Walden Lake as it did not at all resemble a pond. When home, Walden it sits at my bedside; when traveling it accompanies me. In his spare prose, Thoreau shares wise... [Read more...]

Let There Be Light!

December 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Head lamps. Flashlights. Lanterns. Campfires. What is your favorite way to light up a dark night when you are out in the great outdoors? Do you have a favorite flashlight that you depend on? We have used all of these items and our preference for them really depends on the situation. Sitting around a campfire on a summer’s night is great fun. When the kids start dashing around the campground or the park after dark, they definitely need a good flashlight in hand.  For tent camping, a lantern is essential. And, head lamps are critically important in remote areas as well.  When I was shopping with my teenage daughter last week, I stopped by REI to see what was new. I didn’t spend a lot of time there, but I did peruse the flashlight and head lamp section. I thought the Photon Micro Light II  looked very good and well priced.  This personal safety flashlight has an ultra bright LED light that is visible over one mile. And, the light is built to survive serious use! I think this... [Read more...]

‘Twas the Feast of St. Nick…

December 1, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

‘Twas the Feast of St. Nick…

I published a post last year about this time, talking about St. Nick ideas for the avid RVer. My focus last year was on items new on the market. As it is that time of year again, I want to, again, focus on St. Nick ideas, but will be addressing a combination of both the old and the new; some items upon which you rely, most likely need to be replaced and this is a good excuse to trade up for a few of them. We always have a need for a new flashlight and those other items that we use everyday but seldom give much thought to. This year, my husband is in sore need of two items, both of which have been improved since we last purchased them, so these will be my first two suggestions: Our "new addition" 1.  To replace our old generic flashlight from 15 years back, he is getting a new Maglite model that will provide a high intensity light beam. The light has two settings and a krypton bulb and is able to provide either a spot light or a flood light with the flick of a switch.  Also,... [Read more...]

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